Augusta University expert talks with CNN on ‘vertical’ advantage in presidential campaigns

Does the height of a person really matter? In America, if you are running for office, it might.

Augusta University’s Dr. Gregg Murray was featured on CNN this weekend discussing how height can play an advantage in American politics.

Murray does confirm how a candidate’s height (or perception of it) does make a difference in the minds of voters.

“Yes, there does seem to be some sort of relationship between an elected leader’s height and how her or she is perceived, “says Murray.

As the long road to November winds and weaves along the campaign trail, candidates will look to many factors to capitalize on, attempting to gobble up every available vote. And if you are a journalist covering the election, that’s where our media-ready experts can help.

Dr. Gregg R. Murray, professor of political science at Augusta University, is available to talk about the upcoming election and all aspects surrounding each campaign. Murray’s research focuses on political behavior and psychology, with specific interests in voter mobilization and turnout. He is also executive director of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences.

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Danielle Harris is Senior Media Relations Coordinator at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-7511 or

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